Our free event, open for everyone to attend, is in Dunfermline on 13 February 2019
We are pleased to announce that our fifty-seventh event will start at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday 13 February 2019 in PJ Molloys in Dunfermline. The doors open at 7.00 p.m. A bar is available.
Tom is our newly appointed Patron, he is our MC for the night and will read from some of his work. He was the star at our 1st event, almost 5 years ago, so we are extremely glad that he is with us.
Tom is a novelist, poet and former itinerant academic whose second novel, The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop, appeared in 2014. His other works of fiction are the novel Marie B in 2008, based on the life of the late-nineteenth century painter Marie Bashkirtseff, and, more recently, Slavonic Dances in 2017, a set of three linked novellas based on the comic and tragic encounters of the Scottish characters with eastern and east-central Europe. His new collection of poems on Fife themes is The Flechitorium in 2017 – he will be reading from some of the more outrageous pieces therein. You have been warned. Recent work also includes a pamphlet (for Tapsalteerie Press, 2017) of Scots versions of the work of the Hungarian poet Győző Ferencz. Previous book-length collections of poetry are The Chagall Winnocks in 2011 and Parapets and Labyrinths in 2013. Tom was the first Librarian of the Scottish Poetry Library and went on to become a visiting university professor in France, Hungary and the USA. He has also lived and worked in his ancestral Ireland. Recent gigs at Tell it Slant and the Scottish Writers Centre (both Glasgow). Lives in Kirkcaldy which, despite all conscientious efforts, can’t get rid of him.
Moira is a Scot with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders she was brought up in a small Fife mining village.
Moira resigned from a finance role in Shell Oil in 2005 to concentrate on writing and is now a very youthful granny to three lovely children. In her spare time she gardens, plays the guitar and whistle and tries to get out on the hills when possible, but since completing the Munros in 2006 finds that other things take priority. She lives in Stirling with her husband Colin. Find out more about Moira here – https://moiramcpartlin.com/
In a previous life George had many years experience of designing and manufacturing electronic products such as sniper locating and eavesdropping equipment. Later, as a Bid Manager, he published nearly 200 technical and business proposals for customers across the five continents.
Now, he is a writer. His first novel The Secret of Gold is published on Amazon Kindle, where you can read a few chapters free. His second novel The Secret of Stone is also published on Amazon Kindle. His first non-fiction book is entitled The Substance and Style of a Winning Bid Manager (The Short Version) and his second non-fiction book is entitled Creative Writing – from Blank Page to Edited Novel in 19 Steps – both are on Amazon Kindle. The latter will interest people who attended the Workshops. George likes to think of himself as being a writer, travel photographer and adventurer. Learn more about George here – http://www.george-sinclair.com/
Increasingly popular in the Central Belt of Scotland, the musical palate the full Konrad band provides is difficult to categorise. It encompasses blues, funk, jazz and folk music. Four key members of the band have agreed to share some of their songs with us.
Davy MacFarlane – Guitar, vocals, harmonica and songwriter. Davy has played in various roots rock blues bands including the Best Dressed Blues Band, The Hoolits, Little Wolves and Bad Boogaloo. He has also recorded with Irish legends Doctor Strangely Strange on their 1996 CD Alternative Medicine alongside Gary Moore. Davy also toured with the band and recently appeared with them in a showcase gig in Dublin. He was awarded a New Singer Songwriter award in 2000 by the Scottish Arts Council for his original compositions.
Carolyn Konrad – Vocals and percussion, Stirling born Carolyn is a professional actress and singer who has worked alongside Fish and also interpreted Ricky Ross’s lyrics in the award winning production of On The Line at Dundee Rep. As well as many theatre productions she has also appeared in Taggart, Still Game, Take The High Road, Yugoslav Hitman and many dramas for children’s BBC. Carolyn combines singing and acting and starred at Greyfriars Kirk for The Edinburgh Festival in “The Bruce”. She has recently gained an Art Degree in Stirling but continues to sing with her band Konrad on a regular basis. Davy writes new songs for Carolyn’s beautifully textured voice and she loves the co-operation with the band which brings her great joy. For more about Carolyn see – http://carolynkan.co.uk/
Gary Johns does percussion and vocals and Will Goodall does guitar and vocals. Will famously toured with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Davy has known Will, from his University days. Both band members have long standing careers in various bands in Scotland and England. Gary and Davy have played together for over 20 years, and played together in the infamous Best Dressed Blues Band and many other bands. For more about Konrad see – www.konradband.net
We invite you to apply for one of the 3 Open Mic slots of 5 minutes, on offer. There will also be one reserve slot. For those wishing to take part – your talent may, typically, be as a comedian, musician, novelist or short story writer, performer, poet, scriptwriter or singer and your ability can be from beginner to professional. Please supply a single sentence that describes your performance.
Members and friends and the public are welcome to attend our free event
If you are not a member then why not join – it’s free. Come along to the event, enjoy yourself and join there.
Location and Car Parking
PJ Molloys is located at 7 Canmore Street, Dunfermline and is only a 3 minute walk from the Bus Station – see map on the website. Car parking is available almost directly across the road in a Council car park, (free in the evening).